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Narrative of the exploring expedition to the Rocky Mountains, in the year 1842, and to Oregon and north California, in the years 1843-44.
London Wiley and Putnam 1846 - First U.K. edition. 8vo., 324pp., large folding map by Robert Greenhow, 4 lithographed plates, occasional light foxing, nineteenth century half calf gilt by Winstanley of Manchester, marbled sides and edges, an attractive example. A handsome copy of the first UK edition. Fremont's exhaustive appraisal of the most practical routes west, his siting of forts and staging posts, was critical in establishing the future pattern of migration to Oregon and California. The work contains revised accounts of Fremont's first two expeditions, based upon the texts presented to the Congress, but omitting the scientific portions. Fremont was sent by Poinsett in1842 to explore the Wind River Mountains and South Pass in Wyoming, employing the services of Kit Carson as guide. Returning the following year, passing the Great Salt Lake, he followed the Snake and Columbia Rivers to Fort Vancouver. Then travelling southeast to Walker Lake, he turned west into the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Lake Tahoe and reached Sutter's Fort. Fremont's account and his maps provided the basis for pioneers to head out west on what became known as the Oregon Trail. Howes F3803; Sabin 25841; Wagner-Camp 115:6 (calling for map and 2 plates only). [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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